Fit to sit--strategies to maximize function and minimize occupational pain.J Mich Dent Assoc. 2008 May; 90(5):38-45.JM
MSDs are so prevalent among dental professions that they are considered an occupational problem. Often the culprits in MSDs are poor body alignment and faulty movement mechanics that place abnormal stress on pain-sensitive tissue that becomes chronic if not corrected. As preventive specialists, dental hygienists need to be aware of their own potential health risks and take action to prevent or minimize injuries that can shorten their careers. In changing habits, the focus must be on you and your position. Once your position is established, adjust the patient, the patient's chair, and the use of your equipment to accommodate your alignment. Increasing the use and proficiency of indirect vision may also allow you to maintain a neutral spine and avoid awkward positions.